Dr. Maria Christina Esperat, RN, PhD, FAAN, is Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Services and Community Engagement of the School of Nursing at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. She is the CH Foundation Regents Professor in Rural Health Disparities at the School, and administers the School’s business enterprise, which includes the Larry Combest Community Health and Wellness Center, a nurse-managed primary health care clinic which is a designated federally-qualified health care center. Dr. Esperat has extensive experience in program development, implementation and evaluation; she is currently directing a Nurse Education Practice Retention and Quality grant to implement an Interprofessional Collaborative Practice program which is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services, a subaward of the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood Program funded by the US Department of Education, and providing oversight for a Nurse Family Partnership program funded by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.
She received a certificate from the Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Health Care Executive Program in August, 2003, was a 2005 Primary Health Care Fellow of the Health Resources and Services Organization Bureau of Primary Health Care, and a 2005 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2004. She served as a member of the National Advisory Council on Nursing Education and Practice, Division of Nursing, Bureau of Health Professions in 2001-2005, Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Nursing Centers Consortium in 2006-2008, and was a member of the Research and Evaluation Committee of the Council of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools from 2004-2007. She has served as chair or member for the US DHHS Health Resources and Services Organization and National Institutes of Health review panels.